Reader letters Feb. 8

Feb 07, 2013

Starnes was a ‘good neighbor’

To the editor:

We would like to thank The Mountaineer for featuring two pieces regarding the retirement of State Farm Agent Lee Starnes.

He faithfully served his clients and the Haywood County community for nearly three decades.

Lee truly embodied what it means to be a “good neighbor.” We wish him the best in his next step in life.

Clay Dangerfield State Farm, Canton

Chad McMahon State Farm, Waynesville

Angie Franklin State Farm, Waynseville

Beth Dunaway State Farm, Waynesville


Scout cookie incident shows leadership lesson

To the editor:

This weekend I was ashamed of the way one Girl Scout troop acted and proud of another.  This past weekend I went to Food Lion in Clyde and was walking toward a couple of Girl Scouts who were selling cookies when another troop mother pulled up and demanded they move because she had more girls coming.  The troop that was already set up held their ground. The adult with them was nice, polite and taught those kids something that day. They were  Troop 30564 from Bethel.

The other troop mother caused a scene, cursed and yelled in front of customers and kids.  Then she drove through the plaza so radically I can’t believe she didn’t hurt someone.  I watched as she sat up at in another section of the plaza.

After the whole thing was over I went and talked to the troop whose leader raised such a ruckus. As I asked questions, no one could or would give me a troop number.  I did not and will not buy cookies from them in the future.  I will always support organizations that have leadership in place like the Bethel troop.

Mark Adams



Son has left the nest

To the editor:

After reading Jeff Schumacher column “The importance of cherishing time with your children before they leave the nest” I found myself reflecting on my son’s life.  We often joke about how quickly our children grow up, but it’s just plain reality.  One day they come screaming into our lives and the next, they are walking their own path in life.

There have been a lot of changes in my son’s life over the past year.  He met up with a young lady he went to school with, they fell in love and were married in September.  At the end of October, he took an oath to serve in the U.S. Army. Recently we watched him graduate from Army BCT.

As I was sitting in the grandstands, all 19 years of his life starting flashing in front of my eyes.  Memories I had thought lost came flooding into my mind.   As I tried to grasp one, another was hot on its tail.  My baby wasn’t a baby anymore.

Almost 700 young men and women stood at attention reciting the Soldiers Creed as they stepped forward to serve their county. The excitement on the field and in the stands was overwhelming, but in a good way.  I knew  many other parents were experiencing the same emotions as I.  Our children were adults.

My son is now 700 miles away training for his job in the Army.  I text him every day asking if he’s OK or if he needs me to send him anything.  The weather has been very cold where he is and I remind him daily to be sure to use his Carmex and stay warm.  I guess I’m having a hard time letting go, but he humors me.

In a few weeks, my son will go to his first duty station and my daughter-in-law will be joining him.  I can’t begin to express how proud I am of my son or explain the sense of pride I have in him.

Though I will always hold the memories of my son’s childhood dear, I am looking forward to watching him grow into his new life as a husband, a U.S. Army soldier and eventually, a parent himself.   Hooah Pfc. Rustin Brown.

Lora M. Brown

Maggie Valley


Pick most qualified sheriff candidate

To the editor:

I totally concur with the conclusions and sentiments stated in Bill Wilke’s most recent letter to the editor where he contends that a large percentage of the voters in Haywood are being effectively denied a voice in the upcoming appointment of the interim Sheriff.

What latitude or authority does the county commission have pursuant to the defining statute in this matter N.C.G.S. § 162‑5.1, as elected, “Public Officials” (which they are not, as they have no proper oaths of office pursuant to N.C.G.S. 11-11) to override the political party’s recommendation? What if the party’s interim recommendation is not qualified to hold the most powerful constitutional office in  the county, as in the case of the party’s  heir apparent/golden boy Greg Christopher?

Christopher, who is in the process of retiring from the Highway Patrol, a para military organization, with very limited police powers, is considered the shoe-in by the Democrats for the highest office in the county.

The Democrat party’s misguided perception concerning “their boy” Christopher, is based on the erroneous and ill relevant  belief that Christopher would be more electable in the General Election, than Larry Bryson, the current chief deputy,  whose resume and experience vastly outweighs Christopher’s spit and shine citation writing skills.

Christopher has spent a lifetime with a para military organization, which blatantly violates Article 1 Section 9 of the U.S. constitution, which outlaws bills of attainder, which are exactly what traffic citations are.

Unbeknownst to most hapless citizens of the corporate state of North Carolina, N.C.G.S. 15A- 1114 (b) denies the right of trial by jury to anyone issued an infraction. These are bills of attainder.

Christopher has made a career of dragging motorists into a district court of no record, simulating judicial process, and then upon their conviction, Christopher and his law enforcement colleagues receive a percentage of the citation and its associated fines and fees for a deferred retirement fund, while the so-called judge receives his cut, along with the prosecution.

Christopher should not be rewarded for breaking the common law by assuming an office that deals excusably in that venue.

Art Patten


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